SIU Ceramics Students and Faculty to Help Fulfill Community Initiatives with “Empty Bowls”

Helping to fill a need: SIU Carbondale ceramics students and teachers are once again making ceramic bowls that will go into service on October 15. (Photo provided)

October 03, 2022

SIU Ceramics Students and Faculty to Help Fulfill Community Initiatives with “Empty Bowls”

by Pete Rosenbery

CARBONDALE, Illinois – Ceramics students and faculty at Southern Illinois University Carbondale use their talents to help the community.

After a three-year absence due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Empty Bowls, an event where art meets hunger, compassion and advocacy, returns October 15 to the mall’s Neighborhood Co-op grocery store Murdale, 1815 W. Main Street, Carbondale. The event is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Talented students and teachers are making more than 100 ceramic bowls, which can be purchased for $15 to $20 and then filled with a mug of hot soup courtesy of Neighborhood Co-op. Proceeds from the event will go to the Survivor Empowerment Center (formerly The Women’s Center) and the Good Samaritan House, both in Carbondale, said Pattie Chalmers, professor and head of the ceramics program at the School of Art and Design.

“We are pleased to once again be able to support the efforts of local organizations to help those in need in the local community,” Chalmers said.

Chalmers launched the Empty Bowls program at SIU Carbondale in 2014; Empty Bowls is an international initiative.

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